Former Michigan Republican Congressman Mike Rogers, who served on the presidential transition team, says he believes fired FBI Director James Comey when he testified on Capitol Hill earlier this year that President Donald Trump asked him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, The Hill reports.
"I do believe James Comey. I think James Comey is a very good man. The FBI agents loved James Comey. I think that's really important to separate this," Rogers told Jake Tapper Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" show.
Rogers, who previously served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he believes Comey made some poor judgment calls in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but that his Congressional testimony at the end of the day is "credible."
"I think given the plea deal with Gen. Flynn, I think Comey will play another role in this. Though I'm sure they'll bring him back, about that process of what he knew leading into the election."
Comey testified in June before the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which he said:
"General Flynn at that point in time was in legal jeopardy. There was an open FBI criminal investigation of his statements in connection with the Russian contacts, and the contacts themselves, and so that was my assessment at the time. I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense."
Trump has suggested that Comey was lying when he said Trump tried to get the FBI director to end the investigation into Flynn.
“I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn,” Trump said in a tweet. “Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”
Trump fired Flynn 25 days into his administration for misrepresenting to Vice President Pence and others the nature of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador in Washington.
Comey has alleged that the day after that, Trump urged him to go easy on Flynn by saying, “I hope you can let this go.”
Rogers was part of the Trump transition team until he left in November, reportedly pushed out because of ties to Gov. Chris Christie.